Jared Cooper

Coop’s Corner: Summertime is Not Forever


It’s time to put those bathing suits away and dust off that maroon and gold.

Arizona State football is back and seeking revenge.

70,000 fans. 80 players. 19 coaches. 1 final goal: National Champions.

Fall camp for Arizona State football has begun and it is off to bang. The players had a long summer filled with workouts and personal time.

While on summer break, offensive lineman Billy McGehee dedicated his time to working with kids. “This summer I was a counselor at the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Camp with over 500, fourteen year old kids and taught them about football,” McGehee said.

Throughout the offseason, Billy worked on all aspects of his game and studied film in order to better understand his strengths and weaknesses. Aside from film, he further worked on his strength and conditioning to become a better all-around lineman.

Summer is not always fun and games and it eventually has to come to an end. “It feels great to be back on the field and getting ready for the season.” Last fall, McGehee received little playing time but provided depth and size to the offensive line.

Whether you are a starter or a reserve, there was work to be done in the offseason.

Similar to his teammate McGehee, ASU center Nick Kelly also worked with kids at a football summer camp where he says, “The kids were more athletic that I expected!” In addition, Kelly worked hard during the long hiatus, gaining more muscle and better understanding the role of center.

But for Kelly, he has one thing on his mind, revenge against Stanford. Last season’s incredible run ended in defeat in the PAC-12 Championship game against the Cardinal.

In his 2013 sophomore campaign, Kelly appeared in five games but mostly in a reserve role has he was the backup to the now departed Kody Kobensky.

With an incredible season to look back on, it’s time to put the past in the past and focus on the upcoming schedule. “The team is stronger, faster and more disciplined,” Kelly stated. “The offensive line is more aggressive too.”

Stanford, however, is not the only team on the minds of the players. “The Coaches’ Poll ranked UCLA higher than us and we need to prove them wrong.” The Bruins were ranked eleven spots higher than ASU, coming in at number seven.

“My personal goal, making the All Pac-12 Team as a center,” Kelly later stated.  But all personal goals aside, a National Championship is the ultimate dream.

Arizona State begins its football season on August 28 at Sun Devil Stadium against Weber State.

About Jared Cooper

Jared Cooper

Jared is an Intern this season for ASU Devils Den. He is a senior at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications studying Broadcast Journalism with a focus in sports broadcasting. In addition to interning at ASU Devils Den, he works in the Marketing Department for the Phoenix Suns. Jared is a former Sparky the Sun Devil, ASU's mascot, from 2011 to 2013.

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